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Cultivate series to explore sustainable food efforts

September 25, 2019

October 1-3, 2019

Skidmore College, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Pitney Meadows Community Farm are partnering for the Cultivate series, which will enhance the reimagined 2019 Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, offering free public events that explore sustainability and socially conscious cultivation and consumption with leading experts in the field.


Featured Events

Austin Peltier

Austin Peltier

Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 7 p.m.
Skidmore College Falstaff Pavilion
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs

A classically trained chef, Austin Peltier is a master in the practice and cooking methods of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old wellness practice originating in India that seeks to create a strong, balanced and healthy body through a thoughtful and focused diet.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, Chef Peltier will give a 30-minute presentation on the concepts of Ayurveda and associated cooking techniques. A three-dish tasting will follow, with each dish highlighting a different “dosha” or guiding principle of Ayurveda practice. Participants will be encouraged to participate in a Q&A following the tasting.


Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman

Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 3 and 7 p.m.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm
223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs

Leah Penniman serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color-led project that works to dismantle racism in the food system through a low-cost fresh-food delivery service for people living under food apartheid.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Penniman will host two events at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm in Saratoga Springs. At 3 p.m., she will lead an interactive workshop titled "Building a Just Food System," focusing on food justice and equality in the modern world. At 7 p.m., Penniman will offer a lecture, Q&A and book signing for "Farming While Black," a poignant look at the technical contributions that people with African heritages have made to sustainable agriculture.


Adam Federman

Adam Federman

Thursday, Oct. 3 | 7 p.m.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm
223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, biographer Adam Federman will offer a lecture, Q&A and book signing for his work "Fasting and Feasting," which tells the remarkable and until-now untold life story of Patience Gray. A celebrated cookbook author who lived without electricity, modern plumbing or a telephone, Gray grew much of her own food, gathering and eating wild plants alongside her neighbors in an economically impoverished region of Italy.

All events in the Cultivate series are free and open to the public.

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